- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The FBI is warning North Carolina residents to beware of a telephone scam asking potential victim to repay a school loan, parking ticket or other matter and threatens arrest if the fees aren’t paid via MoneyGram.

A statement from the agency’s Charlotte office said the scam spoofs FBI office telephone numbers on the victim’s caller ID. The scam involves someone claiming to be an FBI agent and demanding repayment and threatens the victim with arrest if the fees are not paid.

The statement reminds residents that the FBI does not call private citizens requesting money, and tells people to limit the information they freely provide online, including on social media sites. The FBI says phone scammers typically use fear, intimidation, and threats to get a victim to send money.

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